Today, Congressman Bill Foster voted against H.R. 1797, a Republican bill that would overturn Roe vs. Wade and restrict a woman's right to choose by banning all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, even if the health of the mother is at risk. Not only would H.R. 1797, drastically limit a woman's right to choose, it would force a woman and her doctor to wait until her condition was terminal to finally act to protect her health, but by then it may be too late.
"Instead of legislation to create jobs, fix our broken immigration system or prevent the pending student loan interest rate increase, House Republicans are once again wasting time by attempting to limit a woman's right to choose. While we must do everything we can to support women's decisions and to make abortions rare, criminalizing doctors and punishing women for their health decisions is not the appropriate solution," said Foster. "None of us can presume to know what complications may arise during a pregnancy, or all the circumstances surrounding a personal, medical decision to continue or to end a pregnancy. This is an inherently private decision that must be made by a woman and her doctor, not the government, and the United States Supreme Court has long recognized as much. We can and should find common ground on ways to reduce the number of abortions, but not by limiting a woman's right to make her own medical decisions."
House Republicans are continuing to pursue an aggressive, anti-choice agenda. H.R. 1797 marks the 9th time, since 2011, that House Republicans have voted to restrict women's choice.